Nothing personal, just work.

The last few months of 2012 went by like a blur. Deadlines, JOs, changes, different kinds of people: surely last year ended with a bang!

As mentioned in my previous posts, I’ve decided to rejoin my first company to pursue what I really want to do in my life (for now) which is Publishing. The first month was very challenging — given the new team I found myself in. I can’t help but miss the people I used to work with from 2008-2010. Though, SOME of them are nice and friendly, you really can’t avoid people with an attitude you just can’t take.

As with any other organization, teamwork is key. And seriously, you cannot work well with a team if you think you are above everyone else. I hope this person will realize her mistakes and change for the better. It will benefit her in the long run.

As for the other person, please don’t take it personally. I’ve tried my best to protect you, cover up your shortcomings — but I can only do so much. At the end of the day, I’m all about work and it’s nothing personal. So I hope you realize that you brought this consequence upon yourself.Β 

Ah, office life is made more colorful by these beings!


I took a leap of faith

It’s been two weeks since I’ve decided to take a second shot with HIP. Some friends were shocked, some gave discouraging words, some gave sarcastic remarks, some were (I think) disappointed while some showed support.

The thing is, I really wanted to do this. I wanted to come back because this is the career path I see myself in. Some things never change – there are still things that I don’t like, things that I don’t agree with but there are things that make me happy, that make me feel fulfilled and for now those things matter.

There are moments when I ask myself: did I make the right decision? – There are doubts. But the good things outweigh the bad ones. I choose to give priority to positive vibes, I choose to block all unnecessary negativity.

I took a leap of faith and I feel good about it. Nothing else matters.


My current favorite iPod playlist is on shuffle and these are the first 10 songs:

1. 2NE1 – To Anyone

2. The Bravery – Ours

3. Keane – Somewhere Only We Know

4. Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are

5. Chris Tomlin – Indescribable

6. Glee Cast – Telephone

7. Francis Magalona – Kaleidoscope

8. Metric – Eclipse (All Yours)

9. Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne – I Can Transform Ya

10. Charice – Pyramid




Since I’ve been talking to her A LOT lately, I think it’s more than fitting to write about Karen Bianca Menchie Bella Chabelita Valeza. Maybe I’ll do a series of FRIENDS post – inspired by Tish‘s post a few weeks back.

Anyway, going back to Karen – we weren’t really that close when I started out as an Editorial Assistant. She has her own world in her corner – if she’s not busy writing her articles or working on a project – you can trust me when I tell you that she’s either watching Kpop videos or browsing through Soompi Forums πŸ˜›

But I guess we’re really meant to be friends OR in Karen’s choice of words: I guess I was REALLY very fortunate to have her as one of my closest friends (she will love this, I’m sure of it πŸ˜› ). I have to thank our dark C days – partly because if it weren’t for unreasonable demands and people – I guess we will not have the chance to develop our friendship πŸ™‚

Though she’s bad at remembering birthdays – Karen is truly a friend you can count on. She also easily says yes to urgent divine intervention meet-ups.

So Karen Carebear, thank you for teaching me how to appreciate Kpop and K-drama. Thank you for keeping me updated with the latest happenings in Philippine showbiz πŸ˜› Thank you for being a true Ashrald fan. Thank you for your words of wisdom, advice, and opinion. Most of all, thank you for being a true friend and for your “sup girl!” message on Gchat that completes my day (insert CHOS here πŸ˜› )


**Karen writes for Yahoo! Philippines πŸ™‚ Check out her articles on Yahoo! OMG πŸ™‚

Allow me to…

Post this cheesy entry πŸ˜› I’m currently working on an article for my sideline job and what’s new? I’m not inspired to work on it. Still thinking of how I’m going to tell my “employer” that this will be my last issue.

I digress.

Last week, JP shared a song with me. He told me that the song is perfect for us πŸ˜› It has been my companion since then. It makes me smile and feel better – most especially when BVs and dementors want to ruin my day.

I don’t really want to share it with anyone but the video has over 3 million hits on Youtube so I can’t probably “own” it and keep it to myself. Take time to enjoy the heartwarming video and listen to the lyrics πŸ™‚

I hope you like it too πŸ™‚

**Disclaimer: I do not own this video. Link from Youtube. No copyright infringement intended